Why Roofing? How to Become a Tradesman

Joyland Roofing | November 8, 2021  | By: John Esh

two Joyland roofing employees on a slanted roof installing roofing system

Here at Joyland Roofing, we believe that work should have meaning. It should be more than punching a time clock and waiting for the weekend – it should make the world a better place and bettering yourself. The search for a meaningful occupation has led people do to a lot of great things, and it’s led us to be roofers.

Roofing is known for long days, grueling labor, and heavy responsibility. So why roofing? Why do we do what we do?


Roofs Are A Basic Human Need

At the most basic level, people need two things to survive: food and shelter.

We get to provide one of those things.

The roofing industry takes recycled asphalt material and turns it into a shelter that’s waterproof, fireproof, and resilient. We turn basic materials into something that protects people.

Most people don’t think about their roofs that much, and we think that’s a good thing. You shouldn’t have to. You should be able to focus on what’s inside your home – your family, your life, and the things you love.

We get to protect that basic human need – shelter – so that people can live their best lives without worrying that they and their families will be exposed to the elements.

joyland roofing roofers installing an asphalt shingle roof

What do roofers do?

Roofers repair and install roofs on residential homes and commercial buildings. Not all roofing companies offer all the same services and work with all available materials. So, you could work with asphalt, metal, and rubber roofing. Gutters are also an important part of the roofing system that you may gain exposure to. 



The World Needs Better Roofers

Even though roofing is so vital, we think roofing has a ways to grow as an industry, and we want to be part of that change.

According to the Better Business Bureau, roofing companies are consistently one of the most complained-about service providers, year after year. We hear story after story about high-pressure sales, shoddy workmanship, and poor customer service from other roofing companies.

We want to make a difference in the roofing industry by prioritizing truly caring for people over making a quick dollar. The fact that it’s a field we can truly make a difference in is one of the things that draws us to it.

Why should I become a roofer?

If you want to learn a trade that can last you a lifetime, roofing is for you. If that’s not enough, here’s why else roofing is an awesome job for you:

  • Job security
  • Beautiful views
  • Not a 9-5 office job
  • Learn valuable skills
  • Rarely work late evenings or weekends


What does success look like as a roofer?

Learning is ongoing in the roofing field. You’ll continue to experience projects and obstacles you’ve never seen. However, success can be measured in different ways by different companies. 

As you tweak your knowledge and performance in this trade, you can expect to see some advancements such as: 

  • Becoming a foreman
  • Advancing to project management  
  • Moving into sales
  • Inspections for quality control

What challenges do roofers face?

Roofing is a challenging yet rewarding trade. Roofs are a necessity of every structure by providing protection and safety.

Some challenges roofers face: 

  • Can’t work during inclimate weather (but this could turn into ongoing learning & training time)
  • Heights are dangerous

OSHA requires that roofers be tied off so

 that your chances of falling or getting hurt dramatically decreases.

Joyland Roofing is committed to OSHA compliance, and more than that, we’re committed to making safety a way of life, not just a checklist. We believe that the lives and health of our workers is worth more than getting a job done a little more quickly.

In safety and in customer service, we believe in going the extra mile. If we’re honest, it’s always easier to cut corners. We believe in doing things the hard way, the right way.


How do I become a roofer? joyland roofing roofer tied off while installing rubber roofing

It’s as easy as applying for a roofing job with a reputable company! If you’re willing to put in effort to learn about roofing systems, tools, installation best practices, repair techniques, and general construction, you’ll make a great addition to a roofing crew.

Once you’re talking to companies you want to work for, it’ll be important to discuss any related experience and your work ethic. If companies are willing to invest resources to train you to become a roofing professional, they want to know that they’ll have your work commitment.

What training do roofers need?

Many roofers start their apprenticeship without any formal knowledge. Most beginner roofers gain education with on the job training!

If you’re looking to get formalized training, vocational, aka trade or technical, school is a great option. Depending on the school, there may not be a roofing specific route. However, a general construction related program will set you up for success as a roofer.

Many high schools offer the opportunity to attend vocational schools part time while finishing your diploma. 

Do I need to be physically fit to be a roofer?

Roofing is manual work. It’ll be important to have good balance and be in proper physical shape! Don’t fret if you don’t consider yourself to be in the best shape. Your hands-on training will prepare you for full-time roof work! You’ll get a better understanding of the energy your day to day will require.


Become a Roofer with Joyland Roofing

joyland roofing team photo july 2021

The world needs good roofers. That’s why we do what we do. We are always looking for individuals who are eager to learn, excited to serve, act humbly, and go the extra mile.

Apply to be a Joylander today!



Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in November 2021.

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